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Rev Racing NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Driver Nick Sanchez, driver of the No. 2 Max Siegel Incorporated Chevrolet will head to Winchester Speedway in search of his first win of the season.
Sanchez has only finished outside the top-five three times since his breakout race at Talladega in April. At his last ARCA short track race at Toledo, Sanchez tied his career-best finish of third. 96-points behind Ty Gibbs for the championship points lead, Sanchez has turned into one of four ARCA Menards Series championship contenders.
“We have really good momentum coming out of Iowa, finishing Top-5 there,” says Sanchez. “You know, even though it was a P5 finish, I think we had more to show than what we were able to. We have a fast car going into Winchester, and if we execute and fire on all cylinders, we will have a solid showing all 200 laps this Saturday. ”
One would think Sanchez is content with his impressive Top-5 streak, but Sanchez wants more.
“I will say, it is never bad to have a streak of Top-5s, but at the end of the day…stats are stats. People are probably going to remember the guy who wins more than the guy who has 6 Top-5s in a row. I think for me and my career, I just have to win. Top-5s aren’t enough to really perform and show my strengths to the whole industry. So I’m excited to go to Winchester and contend for a win.”
On July 31st, Nick Sanchez and Rev Racing will head back to the midwest to race at Winchester Speedway in the Calypso Lemonade 200. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m. CT, followed by an autograph at 6:45 p.m. CT. The race will air on MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold beginning at 8 p.m. CT.
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Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Week 9 of Dirt Series Championship Weekly Racing Saturday, July 31st
Virginia Motor Speedway will return to racing this Saturday, July 31st, and host week 9 of the Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season. The night will feature all four of the speedway's Dirt Series Championship weekly divisions in action. See the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified, and Collision One Limited Stock Cars in some exciting side-by-side racing!
After a storm washed out three of the scheduled features on July 17th, the speedway will make up those features before going into week 9 action. So you get twice the racing for one low price. The three divisions that will make up their features are the Victory Lap Pro Late Models. Budweiser Modifieds, and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars.
You do not want to miss a minute of the action. Spectator gates open at 5 pm, with hot laps beginning at 6 pm and features starting at 7:30 pm.
Competitor gates for Saturday, July 31st will open at 3 pm, and spectator gates opening at 5 pm. On-track activities will begin at 6 pm for hot laps, and features will start at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, July 17th, make up features: Victory Pro Late Models (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps).
Saturday, July 31st features: Victory Pro Late Models (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6 and children 12 and under admitted free. Pit passes, regardless of age, are $25. Tickets can be purchased online or in person.
To enhance the fan's racing experience, the speedway has installed a short-wave FM transmitter, and all of the evening's action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So, bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.
The summer’s greatest tradition in Midwest dirt track racing is back in commission this Fri-Sat, July 30-31, as the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals race alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in the 31st running of the Prairie Dirt Classic.
Since 2015, the Summit Modifieds have joined the Outlaws at the FALS crown jewel event and raced in similar format to decide the field for Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win finale. Drivers will start with Hot Lap/Qualifying on Friday night and be divided into one of four 20-lap Showdown Features. These $500-to-win events will take the top-4 drivers into Saturday’s Feature.
Saturday will consist of Hot Laps and two Last Chance Showdown races for any driver not yet qualified, taking the top-two finishing drivers from each into the Feature. Four provisional starters will be added to fill the final four spots before the field rolls to the track for the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win Feature.
The best UMP Modified drivers in the country are expected to be in attendance for the high-profile event, which serves as races 22 and 23 on the Summit Modified schedule.
It all goes down this Friday and Saturday night, July 30-31, at Fairbury Speedway. If you can’t be at the track, catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene with a FAST PASS subscription.
Here are the drivers to watch and the storylines to follow…
DOUBLE DUTY – Nick Hoffman, the seventeen-time Summit Modified winner this year, has recently teamed with Scott Bloomquist Racing to tackle the 31st PDC in both a Modified and Late Model.
The three-time Summit Modified champ will get behind the wheel of Bloomquist’s famed Drydene Team Zero Race Cars #0 and attempt to put it in the big show on Saturday night for a chance at $50,000.
He’ll also be piloting his Elite Chassis #2 Modified in the event, searching for his 18th victory in 19 starts and second PDC Modified Feature win.
NASCAR STAR – NASCAR Xfinity Series star Justin Allgaier, of Riverton, IL, is scheduled to make a Modified Prairie Dirt Classic appearance this weekend behind the wheel of his own Allgaier Racing Shocks Elite Chassis #7.
Allgaier topped a very stout UMP Modified field in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals’ Gator Championship finale at Volusia Speedway Park back in February for a $5,000 prize and will be one to watch as he tries to beat the best Modified drivers in the country again this weekend.
HIGHLAND HUNTER – When it comes to Fairbury, Mike Harrison is one of the most feared competitors in the field. Six of his 54 career Summit Modified victories have come at the quarter-mile, including the first two PDC finales.
However, the six-time champion will be going up against one of the best Modified fields he’ll see all year. He met a stacked roster earlier this year in the Summit Modifieds’ first visit to FALS and walked away with a 17th-place result after hitting the wall in his pursuit of race leader Hoffman.
With Hoffman scheduled to be in the field again this weekend, Harrison will get a chance at redemption and to retake his spot atop the all-time wins list as he shoots for the $5,000 grand prize.
FALS FAVORITES – Current FALS Cup weekly points leaders Michael Ledford and Mike McKinney are slated to be in attendance and lead the local bunch to take out the Summit Modified ringers.
16-year-old and defending Fairbury track champion Michael Ledford, of Pontiac, IL, leads McKinney in track points by just four heading into the weekend with one victory back on July 3. He’s currently sitting 11th in DIRTcar UMP Modified national points standings with six victories to his credit.
McKinney, the 2018 Summit Modified points runner-up, has won two of his six starts at FALS in 2021 and made every Feature thus far. While he hasn’t appeared in as many Summit Modified shows as he normally does every year, he does have two career Summit Modified wins at FALS.
PEORIA POWER – Few drivers have finished second more times in some of FALS’ biggest events than Allen Weisser.
The Peoria, IL-native was runner-up to Hoffman in the 2019 PDC Modified Feature, second again to McKinney in last year’s first Summit Modified visit in July, and second yet again in the $10,000-to-win FALS Super Nationals on Labor Day Weekend. This could be A-Dog’s weekend to finally cash-in big time in a FALS special.
Weisser currently ranks third in DIRTcar UMP Modified national points standings with eleven victories to his credit – two of which came this past weekend.
POINTS PLAYERS – Another trio of dangerous Midwesterners are slated to come to FALS this weekend, combining for 22 victories across the nation so far this year.
Two-time American Modified Series champion Tyler Nicely, of Owensboro, KY, 2017 Showdown Feature winner Ray Bollinger, of Kewanee, IL, and current runner-up in Summit Modified points Tommy Sheppard Jr., of New Berlin, IL, have run several races with the Summit Modifieds this season and are all sitting within the top-six in national UMP Modified points.
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Alabama’s Jolynn “JoJo” Wilkinson will debut in the ARCA Menards Series West this weekend for Bill McAnally Racing, driving the no.19 Instacoat Premium Products Toyota Camry at Colorado National Speedway. Wilkinson arrives in the series after a busy season of Pro Late Model and BMR Drivers Academy races to prepare her for the 625hp stock cars.
Wilkinson is a third-generation racer and the second-generation in her family to compete in ARCA-sanctioned competition. She continues the “Alabama Gang” tradition from her hometown of Hueytown as well.
Saturday’s race will be broadcast live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold at 8:05 p.m. Mountain Time. The NAPA AUTO PARTS Colorado 150 will also air on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday August 11 at 3 p.m. Eastern. The black, white, and red Toyota is also supported by Innovative Waterproofing Solutions.
“I can’t thank Anthony from Instacoat Premium Products enough,” Wilkinson said. “They’ve been beside me this whole entire journey and I’m thankful for them. I’m really excited to see what I can do at Colorado and learn as much as I can in one of these ARCA cars.”
Wilkinson has accumulated ten starts in the BMR Drivers Academy – a NASCAR Driver Development Program – this season with several runner-up finishes and fast-times across three different California race tracks. She also tested for BMR in January and again on race week as she aims for Colorado.
For more information on Jolynn Wilkinson, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She can also be followed on her new website www.JoJoWilkinson.com
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Things happen fast at a racetrack, so it’s no surprise that a lot has changed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in just 18 days.
The Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart on Sunday, July 11, was the final race on the 24-degree banked quad-oval configuration of the speedway. Kurt Busch took the checkered flag that day - his fourth victory on the layout – and immediately looked to the next generation of AMS with optimism.
“It’s just taking something that’s great, like Atlanta Motor Speedway is, and perfecting it. And it’s to adjust to the future; it’s to adjust to the Next Gen car. I believe that’s what’s happening and it’s the right timing,” Busch said in the Marcy Scott Media Center after the race.
Busch wasn’t the only one looking to the future; within minutes of the conclusion of the race, Atlanta Motor Speedway’s operations department began removing the foam inserts in the speedway’s SAFER barriers. Just a few days later, the steel portions of the barriers wrapped around the entire 1.54-mile outer wall had been meticulously removed.
The pace of the project has only accelerated from there. On Monday, July 19, the first chunks of asphalt were removed from turn 1 of the speedway. Since then, all the asphalt in the speedway’s corners has been removed, exposing the vivid Georgia clay that lay beneath.
Crews have now started carving into the embankment in turns 1 and 2 to yield the steeper 28-degree banking that NASCAR’s stars will race on when the series returns for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend in spring 2022. As the all-new Atlanta Motor Speedway begins to take shape, so does the anticipation for inaugural race on the first-of-its-kind speedway.
“Three-wide racing is something that we’ve grown accustomed to at Atlanta Motor Speedway and we certainly don’t want to change that,” said Hutchison. “What we’re going to have is closer, more competitive racing for our fans to enjoy starting in 2022.”
While a lot of progress has been made in short time on the way to creating that all-new AMS experience, a great deal of work remains.
Grading of the speedway’s corners is currently in progress; in the coming weeks, the old asphalt that has been ripped up from the speedway will be crushed and repurposed as the base layer surrounding a new drainage system. A new top layer of asphalt designed to wear-in quickly will be paved on top.
Project leaders anticipate paving for the fresh asphalt will start in four weeks, with the entire speedway project completed in October. Fans can continue to watch the entire process unfold live on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s YouTube page.
Tickets to experience NASCAR at the all-new Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2022 are available now at www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.
When the green flag is displayed to the field for the Bud Light Open 80 at Stafford this Friday, July 30, Chris Pasteryak will be looking to turn his fortunes around and get back to victory lane. The Moosup, CT native and driver of the #75 Dawley’s Collision and Custom Chevrolet last visited victory lane in 2016 and his last win at Stafford came back in 2015 in a Modified Racing Series event. For Pasteryak, a win at Stafford would be special not only for being his first win in over 5 years, but Stafford is a track that holds a special place in Pasteryak’s heart from the long history of his father Charlie and Uncle Carl racing modifieds at the Connecticut half-mile.
“Stafford is the first track that my father and uncle went to way back in 1976,” said Pasteryak. “Every time I go back to Stafford that’s always in the back of my mind and I’ve been able to have some success over the years at Stafford. It’s been so long since I’ve won a race, getting a win would be like winning my first race all over again. Any time you’re lucky enough to win a race at Stafford it’s very special and if I can get back into victory lane, especially at Stafford, it’s going to be a huge deal. Thanks to Dawley’s Collision and Custom, New England Race Fuel, M.P. Williams Builders, and all the guys who come and help me in the pits. We’ll give it another go this Friday night and see how things go for us.”
The 2021 season has seen Pasteryak and his crew struggling to find speed in his #75 machine. In 5 starts between the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and Stafford’s Open 80’s, Pasteryak has just 1 top-10 finish, which came at Star Speedway back in May. Pasteryak finished just outside the top-10 in 11th place in CBYD 81 at Stafford in May and he finished 17th in the June Twisted Tea 80 after losing his power steering in an early race mishap.
“We’ve been struggling a little bit this season but I feel better about going to Stafford,” said Pasteryak. “The first race was all right but still not good and the last race at Stafford I lost the power steering after getting into a wreck on lap-4, so I kind of have to throw that one out and it was a long night of just driving around to get to the finish. We need to work on our luck and speed in the car at Stafford. We’ve been quick at times at other tracks but we haven’t been great. We’ve made some good calls in the pits to help get some decent finishes but this season has been a bit bizarre. Hopefully I can change my luck this Friday.”
Pasteryak has run well at Stafford in previous seasons, notching 2 wins, 7 top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes in 15 career Modified Racing Series starts, and he also scored a third place finish in a Modified Touring Series feature at Stafford back in 2017. Pasteryak’s career Whelen Modified Tour numbers at Stafford are 4 top-5 and 7 top-10 finishes in 17 starts with a single pole position coming in the 2019 NAPA Fall Final. In his search to regain speed in his #75 car, Pasteryak’s plan is go back in time and see if one of his older setups can provide the speed he needs but he won’t be able to utilize everything from his older setups.
“We’ll be trying something different with the car again for this Friday’s race,” said Pasteryak. “We’re going to go back in time a little bit to see if what worked a few years ago might work for us again. When I won the pole at the Fall Final in 2019 with my Tour car, I had a coil bind setup in the car and the Stafford Open Modified rules don’t allow for coil binding. So in that sense I’m a little bit behind the guys who have regularly run the Open shows at Stafford and have figured out how to make the car conventionally go fast around Stafford.”
The 4th Annual Bud Light Open 80 is scheduled for this Friday, July 30. Stafford’s SK Modified®, Late Model, SK Light, Limited Late Model, and Street Stock divisions will join the Open Modifieds in feature action. Tickets for the Bud Light 80 are available now online at StaffordSpeedway.com/tickets and tickets will also be available for purchase at the admission gates. Tickets for the Bud Light 80 are $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 6-14, and free for kids 5 & under. Reserved seating is priced at $35.00 for all ages and pit passes are $45.00 with a valid 2021 Stafford Competition License and $50.00 without a Stafford license. If you are unable to attend the event, tune into the live stream on FloRacing, the official streaming partner of Stafford Speedway.
For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.
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Take a Spin Around Talladega Superspeedway in Your Own Vehicle for a Good Cause on Saturday, Aug. 7 During ’Dega Drive
Before the greatest drivers converge at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track for the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs weekend, featuring the YellaWood 500, in October, fans and families will have a chance to drive their own vehicle around the greatest race track on the planet - Talladega Superspeedway - next Saturday, August 7.
During the ’DEGA Drive event, participants can make a minimal $50 donation to drive their personal vehicles for two exhilarating laps around the 2.66-mile mammoth track in efforts to raise money for the speedway's outreach fund, 'DEGA Gives, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation. The event is scheduled for the general public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT. Pre-registration can be found at https://www.nascarfoundation.
Earlier this year in April, the track hosted a similar event and raised more than $45,000 with proceeds benefitting American Red Cross Alabama Disaster Relief and Alabama tornado victims.
“We have had tremendous turnouts for past track drives as part of our ’DEGA Gives initiative and we are looking forward to August 7,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Brian Crichton. “We were so thrilled to have so many people from across many states come in April to support the tornado victims. The upcoming event gives families a chance to drive on one of the most iconic venues in all of sports, plus it’s a way to help the track give back to the community.”
The ‘DEGA Drive provides fans and the local community a unique spin on the standard of a typical charitable drive. Donors will need to be in a street legal vehicle that's equipped with enough seatbelts for all passengers and will be paced single file at highway speed by Talladega Superspeedway staff. No vehicles will be allowed on the top lane of the track and no passing will be allowed.
All vehicles must have a valid license plate, and all drivers must have a valid driver’s license. Minors (under 19 years of age) with valid driver’s license must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. No motorcycles, tractor trailers or recreational vehicles will be allowed on the track. Vehicles deemed unsafe by TSS Staff will not be allowed onto the racing surface for ’DEGA Drive. Once on pit road, everyone must remain in their vehicle at all times.
Cash or credit card will be acceptable upon arrival. For more information on Talladega Superspeedway's track drive benefiting 'DEGA Gives, call 256-362-2261. Participants will enter the Talladega Superspeedway infield through the North Tunnel (Tunnel 4 at giant American Flag), then proceed to the staging area. The road will be marked with signage and traffic cones. All participants must execute a TSS Track Waiver.
Talladega Superspeedway’s Playoff weekend, Oct. 2-3, will consist of thrilling races for NASCAR’s three top national series. On Saturday, Oct. 2, both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series will tackle the greatest race track on the planet in a doubleheader before Sunday’s YellaWood 500 for the Cup Series. For more information, log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com
Weather reports of impending severe thunderstorms have forced Super DIRTcar and Orange County Fair Speedway officials to cancel Thursday’s Midway 100 event. However, the Series will be added to Orange County’s Centennial 102 event on Thursday, Aug. 12.
With $10,000-to-win on the line, the Centennial 102 will be a NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIX qualifier.
The Battle of the Midway 100 will not be made up.
Mat Williamson is both the defending Super DIRTcar Series champion and the defending Centennial race winner. The Buzz Chew Racing #88 driver won an unprecedented $100,000 in 2019 at the memorable Centennial 100, sealing his name in the history books.
A large contingent of Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds will challenge the Series invaders including “The Sensational One” Jimmy Horton, Tommy Meier, Bob McGannon, and Billy VanInwegen.
All advanced ticket sales for the Battle of the Midway 100 will be honored for the Centennial 102.
The next Super DIRTcar Series event is at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY for twin 60-lap Features on Wednesday, Aug 4.
If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every Super DIRTcar Series event live on DIRTVision.
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Officials from Daytona International Speedway and STILLHOUSE Spirits, a part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, announced today that STILLHOUSE Black Bourbon has become the Official Bourbon of the Daytona International Speedway and the DAYTONA 500.
As part of the multi-year partnership, STILLHOUSE will have a major presence at The World Center of Racing, beginning with August 27-28 NASCAR weekend, featuring the Coke Zero Sugar 400, the last-chance, regular-season finale race for drivers to make the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
Race fans will be able to enjoy the taste of STILLHOUSE Black Bourbon refreshments at a host of locations throughout the iconic 2.5-mile venue, including concession stands – two of which will be branded with STILLHOUSE Bourbon – and premium club areas (Rolex 24 Lounge, DAYTONA 500 Club and Harley J’s Lounge). In addition, a signature serve Bourbon Highball will be available that will feature STILLHOUSE Black Bourbon and ginger ale.
Produced and bottled in Tennessee, STILLHOUSE Spirits is best known for its unbreakable, 100% stainless steel packaging and award-winning portfolio of American-made spirits, that can go anywhere glass can’t. Its portfolio consists of Black Bourbon, Classic Vodka and a variety of naturally flavored whiskeys including Original, Spiced Cherry, Peach Tea and Apple Crisp. A truly versatile spirit, STILLHOUSE whiskey is distilled in traditional copper stills then charcoal filtered for superior quality and taste, allowing the natural sweetness of the corn to shine throughout the mellow flavor and smooth finish.
“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to enhance the fan experience at events here at The World Center of Racing,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “STILLHOUSE Black Bourbon will be a great addition to the already incredible lineup of refreshment offerings for our fans to enjoy. We are thrilled with the partnership.”
“STILLHOUSE, by design, is meant for adventure-seekers; and the adventure and energy that consistently surrounds the Daytona International Speedway is one that we are excited to amplify,” said Jennifer Pisciotta, Global Vice President Marketing, Acceleration Brands at Bacardi. “We’re looking forward to the years ahead filled with celebratory fan moments and unforgettable races.”
In addition to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Aug. 28), the August weekend at Daytona International Speedway will also consist of the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola for the NASCAR Xfintiy Series, set for Friday, Aug. 27. Racing will return to Daytona in early 2022 with the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 (Jan. 21-23), the 60th Anniversary of the Rolex 24, North America’s Most Prestigious race, on January 29-30, For tickets and information on races and other events associated with Daytona International Speedway, fans can visit 63rd annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20. www.
Beginning this fall, STILLHOUSE will be running a social media contest, asking fans to submit their vote for a “STILLHOUSE race day cocktail at Daytona International Speedway.” The winner will be randomly selected and awarded tickets to the 2022 DAYTONA 500. Further details will be forthcoming. Stillhouse award-winning spirits are available nationwide. For a location near you, please visit www.Stillhouse.com.